Google has just launched its much-awaited gaming service Stadia, which promised better than console-quality games. But unfortunately, this ambitious project has had a rough start. As Google has been exaggerating a lot about the quality of 4K games on this service, the expectations skyrocketed and when those were not met, it led to annoyance and irritation among the players. Google has been doing damage control since then.
A company spokesperson said, “Stadia is streaming on 4K 60FPS with developers working behind the scenes to deliver the best streaming experience for every game.”
Stadia came with its own pros and cons. The pros include no downloading of games. Playing games on Stadia will be as easy as that on Netflix. The size of the hard drive is not a limitation for playing any game and the game can be played on any device that has Chrome operational on it. It means it can be played on mobile devices too and you can enjoy the games from anywhere.
The cons include that a reliable internet connection is required to play games on Stadia, which can be a problem for many. Another minus is that even on purchasing a particular game, you only get to own a right to play but not the product that is not liked by players. The biggest downside that is annoying the players is the gameplay lag. So, if anyone logs on during peak internet hours, they might experience low resolution and frame rate problems.
Google has been bragging that Stages stream with 4K and 60 FPS and they have the powerful hardware ready to achieve that without any problem. But so far, they haven’t been able to do that and the games are running at lower resolutions.
To achieve the best overall quality, Stadia is dependent on upscaling. For instance, the game Red Dead Redemption 2, which is a big name for the platform, is only displayed at 1440p. It can then be scaled up to 4K on a Chromecast Ultra. There is a marked difference in the quality of both of these. In fact, when playing Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, the quality is pathetic. Similarly, Destiny 2 is displayed at 1080p and currently, it cannot be played in 4K. These hiccups are not taken lightly by the users and they feel cheated and annoyed by the tall claims made by Google about Stadia.
We are yet to see when Google will be able to resolve these issues though they have the potential to make it happen.